When I started The Healthy Hipster back in 2011 I was single, just out of grad school, and living in Toronto’s parkdale / queen west hipster mecca. I was learning what it meant to be an adult and part of that process meant learning how to balance my physical and mental health with my social life and interests (art/music/etc). I made the choice to keep going out but to balance my fun with healthy food choices, more physical activity and LOTS of therapy.

In the years since, I’ve grown up a little and changed a lot. I’m in the best relationship of my life, have a less rigid in my approach to food, fitness and health – and am generally kinder to myself than I was in my early 20’s. But I have new challenges. How to find personal balance with a demanding job? How to maintain the strong friendships of my 20’s with 1/8th of the time? How to stop caring what other people think about you? The list goes on.


This blog is my attempt to chronicle a different kind of “having-it-all.”

Full disclosure. I’m not a nutritionist, a yogi, a personal trainer or a life coach. I might share tips and advice on this blog, but these thoughts and ideas are my own and may or may not work for you. I just hope that in reading some of what I’ve gone through, you’ll gain something close to insight. Or you’ll just get a good cookie recipe, I’ve got a bunch of those.



  • Reply Christine Kerr May 26, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Wow, you rock girl! Amazing, all of it and where may I ask did you get the time to create this and to keep it up? Must be the healthy eating and exercise. All I can say is this is awesome! Thanks for letting me know about it, I shall visit regularly! Lots of love, Christine

  • Reply bakebooks June 4, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Nice blog! I seen your comment on KERF about tea – in Canada 😉 – where are you from in Canada?!

  • Reply Sarah B @ Bake + Bike June 16, 2011 at 1:03 am

    I just found your blog and I’m so excited to find another Toronto blogger who’s in exploring the city, music, arts n stuff!!

    Pls stop by my blog if you have the chance 🙂

  • Reply Lee July 9, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Too much Pabst makes you feel like crapst. Love it!!

  • Reply Ma Ma Megan August 19, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I love how your goal is to create something new and fresh to the “food blog” scene. Totally needed!
    Looking forward to reading more! Amen to the local and organic fooods 🙂

  • Reply Stephanie @ Aspiring August 31, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Hi! I’ve discovered your blog recently and I totally love it! I love your simple & nutritious recipes = totally my thing 😉

    I’m a (tobe) Canadian, too!

    • Reply the healthy hipster September 2, 2011 at 10:57 am

      Exciting! Hope you get to enjoy a little piece of northern autumn! Glad you found me 🙂

  • Reply cassandrantonia September 2, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    I LOVE your blog. So glad I discovered it today! I too have a passion for healthy living, indie music shows and artsy pics. 🙂

  • Reply Jeffie November 29, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I’m so happy I found your blog; you’re awesome! I loved your “what’s with the name?” page and recipes. Great philosophy and style 🙂

  • Reply Nadiya January 20, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Cute and inspirational blog 🙂 and I’m from the GTA as well 🙂

  • Reply jessi February 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Feeling your blog man, I love finding blogs backed by actual cool, real, young people. And Canadian too! Just awesome =)

  • Reply barbara @ flatbeds for trucks February 17, 2012 at 7:39 am

    I happen to read your blog about Rustic Chocolate Hazelnut Tartelettes, and made one for my sister yesterday, and guess what, my sister did like the taste of it, given that my sister doesnt tend to like sweet foods, well, thanks for your posts about it.

    • Reply the healthy hipster February 17, 2012 at 9:43 am

      Sounds like your sister was a lucky girl! Glad she enjoyed them 🙂

  • Reply Tricia Bain Lipton February 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I love you; and your blog 😉

  • Reply dulcetdevotion March 27, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I just found your blog and it’s great! Love your tagline. I laughed out loud…you might get me in trouble here at my quiet office. Anyhoo, looking forward to more great stuff here.

    • Reply the healthy hipster April 2, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      Glad you found me! And glad you’re bringing a little inappropriate laughter to the workplace!

  • Reply Jasmin @ inspired by intuition January 25, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Hey there! Just stumbled on your blog and I really like it!! “I mean… someone had to represent for all the single-lady-academic-feminist-foodie-homemaker-coolkid-types out there.” – so cool 😉

  • Reply Jackie Johnson March 24, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    best tagline everrrrr

  • Reply Natalia April 11, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I just found your blog today – love its vibe! I’ll be back : )

  • Reply jessiebearwhat April 25, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Just found your blog, love it so far! Totally bookmarking a couple recipes already haha

  • Reply Jenn August 13, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Love your blog! I used your buffalo tempeh recipe as part of my meal inspiration tonight, it turned out great! blogged here: http://aforestfullofsongbirds.blogspot.com/2013/08/buffalo-tempeh-and-quinoa-bowl.html 🙂

  • Reply Andywhatsmyname October 27, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Sweet blog, I love the humor! What is your take on meal subscriptions? I’ve been trying some different ones throughout the city and i”ve landed on one I really enjoy called Rexfords run by some locals guys i know. It would be interesting to get your take on healthy prepared meals. Thanks!

    • Reply the healthy hipster October 31, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      I think they seem like a great option for folks who want to eat healthy but don’t have a lot of time….that said, I think it’s definitely cheaper and more sustainable to teach yourself how to cook a few simple meals for yourself. Cooking is an important skill that’s also relaxing and great for your mental health! 🙂

  • Reply Bethany Ramos March 16, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Hello, we would like to add you to our list of SheKnows Canadian health bloggers with a link back. Would you be interested in providing a quote related to the spirit of your blog? http://www.sheknows.com/health-and-wellness/articles/1061897/10-canadian-health-and-fitness-bloggers-we-love/

    Please let me know if you deny permission to use this photo with a link back – http://healthyhipster.ca/2011/08/26/work-out-eat-up-how-i-fuel-my-active-lifestyle/

    • Reply the healthy hipster April 24, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      Thanks! I’ve been on a blogging haitus for the past few months but just caught this now but really appreciate the link back 🙂

    • Reply the healthy hipster May 26, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Appreciate the link!! Thanks for thinking of me 🙂

  • Reply Polly Anderson September 1, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I came across your blog today and had to reach out because I thought you would be perfect for this!  My name is Polly and I’m the Outreach Coordinator at SkinnyPop Popcorn.

    I’d love to chat about a blog idea I have for you so please shoot me an e-mail when you get a chance if you’re interested 🙂



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